Local Hike: The Plotter Kill Preserve

Last Saturday my friend Jenna and I, and a few of her friends went out to Rotterdam to check out the Plotter Kill Preserve. I had never been before and was excited to go for a short hike!

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Despite there not being any snow on the ground here, there was still some, along with patches of ice, along the trail. Our microspikes were definitely needed!

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There were even some ice climbers getting ready to climb the Falls.

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I can imagine how pretty the water must be here in warm weather!

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Another shot from above another frozen waterfall.

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All in all, we hiked about 3.5 miles.

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Gear Review: tasc Performance Bamboo

I have some exciting news! I was recently selected to be a brand ambassador for tasc Performance!

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Some of you may have heard of tasc before. They are a New Orleans based company that uses a bamboo-organic cotton blend in their workout clothing. This clothing has all of the same features of traditional performance clothing– moisture wicking, anti-odor and UPF protection. Also-they use no chemicals on their fabrics. Their bamboo source is Forest Stewardship Council certified as organic. And the biggest difference I’ve noticed–the clothes are so soft and comfy.

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I received the Northstar Fleece, which has to be one of the most cozy tops I own! I can’t wait to wear it on my next hike or run. I really like the long length, the soft fleece lining and the fact that is has thumbholes with fold over mittens! This will be perfect for marathon training this winter.

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I also got infinity scarf. I love the pop of color it adds to my outfit and that its lightweight, which will be perfect for the spring-like weather we’ve been having lately. I’m also wearing the performance headband, which I wore last night to bootcamp and it stayed in place the whole time–which is a deal breaker for me when it comes to headbands.

I also opted for the district pant, since I don’t own any loose fitting casual pants like this. I love the rouching on the side and the fact that there are cords on the legs that make the hem adjustable. They have a wide, comfortable waistband, and are flattering all round. Love them!

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I am really pumped to be a brand ambassador for tasc. They have a motto that I can really get behind, Freedom to Pursue the Adventure of Life, because as you know, I love adventure! My biggest passion in life is spending time outdoors and living life to the fullest, whether it be knocking off some more of the 46 high peaks or mountain biking in Vermont. What adventures are you going to be taking on in 2016?

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Stay tuned for some exciting giveaways. In the meantime, check out tasc!

Disclaimer: As a brand ambassador, tasc sends me clothing to review. All opinions are my own.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Protein Bars

Are you looking for a grab-and-go protein bar that is also super easy to make at home? Tonight I made these chocolate peanut butter protein bars and they are delicious and filling! The addition of oats makes these bars a good source of fiber and iron, a perfect pre-or post-workout snack.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Protein Bars

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Ingredients

1 cup natural peanut butter
1/2 cup maple syrup
3 scoops of chocolate protein powder* (or equivalent of 3 oz)
1 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
2 cups of raw oats
1/2 tsp. baking soda

Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
2. Grease a 9×9 baking pan
3. Mix together peanut butter, maple syrup, protein powder, and vanilla in medium bowl
4. Add in eggs and mix well
5. Stir in oats, baking soda, and coconut flakes until completely mixed
6. Spread “batter” into bottom of pan with a spoon (it will be thick!)
7. Bake for 15 minutes until top of bars seem dry and they are brown on the edges
8. Let cool in pan and cut lengthwise to make 15 bars

*I used Designer Whey Chocolate protein powder, which has 18 g of protein and 100 calories per scoop.

I packaged them up in individually to make it easier to grab one on my way out the door.

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Nutritional Information for one bar

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*Recipe adapted from PopSugar’s Gluten Free Oatmeal Protein Bars

Journey to RD

A few weeks ago I officially began my last full-time semester of graduate school to become an RD. It’s pretty crazy. I’m in the process of applying to Dietetic Internships (DI) and my application is due in two weeks. I can’t believe I’ve finally gotten to this point!

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Around the time when I started this blog, in 2010, I decided to go back to school for nutrition. I attended an info session at my current school, applied, and got in! But, from 2010-2013 I took prerequisite courses that I needed for the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) at my college. Thankfully I already had a Bachelor’s, but since it wasn’t in science, I had to pretty much start from scratch. The DPD program is required to apply to a DI and eventually take the RD exam. The pre-req courses included Psychology, General Chemistry, Microbiology, Statistics, Accounting, Intro to Nutrition (I had to re-take at my current school, even though I got an A!), and Anatomy & Physiology 1 and 2. I took these courses in the evenings at Hudson Valley Community College, after work. I was working full time (at the same place I still work part time) and taking classes and doing homework, and training for marathons. Busy! Little did I know, it would get way more intense.

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In spring 2013, I completed my last course at HVCC, A&P 2. Next fall it was time to start graduate school! I was enrolled in the Applied Nutrition graduate program for a Master’s degree, but I also knew I wanted to become a Registered Dietitian, so I had to complete two different programs. I started taking graduate classes and courses for the DPD program, which are mixture of undergrad and grad students. I was a full time student again! My classes were in the evening, and I was still working full time. I was taking three courses a semester! Every night after work I was at school. That year was really hard, but I got through it.

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By fall of 2014, it came time to take more DPD courses, all of which were held during the day. I knew something had to give and I decided to work part time. Thankfully, my Agency let me cut my hours and work half the amount. I got to organize my work schedule around my classes, and for that I am forever grateful! It also gave me more time to work on homework and get projects done. Now it is 2016 and I’m in the process of applying for my DI. We rank the DIs we want to apply to and submit our application electronically through a program called DICAS. On April 3, we get matched with one of the programs we’ve selected. The DI is 10 months long with rotations in clinical nutrition, food service, community nutrition, and out patient care. To say I’m looking forward to April 3 in an understatement!

This process has been pretty crazy. It has been almost six years since I started. Since then I’ve moved five times, ended one relationship and began a new one, ran four marathons, and started hiking the 46, all while chugging along to another goal: becoming an RD! And now, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. If I get matched to an internship this year, I will be completing it from August 2016 through June 2017, finishing seven years after starting this process. All that remains after that will be taking and passing the RD exam (and finding a job)! I’ll also be graduating in May 2017 with a Master’s in Applied Nutrition. Thank you to everyone who has supported me through this crazy long process. The end is near!

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Pub Run at Wolff’s Biergarten

Last night was the first of Fleet Feet’s pub run series! We met at Wolff’s Biergarten in downtown Albany for a four mile run from Broadway up to Lark, down Madison Avenue and back down to Wollf’s.

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When I got there, a rep from On Swiss Performance Running Shoes told me I could demo some running shoes in exchange for a free beer after the run. Sign me up! I got to demo the Cloudflier, a lightweight stability shoe with some cushioning.

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I loved the colors and the reflective stripes on them! The were also nice and wide in the toe box, which made them very comfy. However, by the end of the run I did notice some pressure on the bottoms of my feet, so ultimately I don’t think they had enough cushioning for me in the forefoot. They sell these shoes at Fleet Feet if anyone is interested in trying them out, too!

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//photo from Fleet Feet Albany’s Facebook page!//

After the run, we all gathered at Wollf’s for a drink. It was a lot of fun! Next week, the run starts at Brown’s in Troy, which I will be gladly attending also!